Are you willing to makerecommended sacrifices? Re: Alasdair Coyne's March 25 Op-Ed, “Time to jump to a healthier planet,” I will only focus on his encouragement (or is it instructions?) for everyone to embrace his JUMP campaign. All we have to do is agree to comply with “6 fairly simple steps” that he listed in his letter: — Eat a largely plant-based diet (and be sure not to buy more than you will consume). — Buy no more than three new items of clothing per year (he doesn't state if this includes underwear, socks, shoes and jackets). — Keep electrical products for at least seven years. — Limit flights to one short haul every three years and one long haul every eight years. — Get rid of personal motor vehicles. — Make one special shift in your life to support the system to become more green. I feel like going door to door and asking our Ojai citizens how many of these six outrageous sacrifices that they would embrace. I have asked a few people of the liberal persuasion. Their answers were “none, except maybe number 3.” I will be willing to make sacrifices when I see that the citizens of all heavily populated countries are doing the same. I have already shown by factual statistics what countries like India, Turkey, Egypt and others are doing and not doing. But the biggest violator is China, which is, to this day, building huge amounts of coal-powered generating plants — not only for themselves, but also for many Third World countries. Mr. Coyne is welcome to make the JUMP, but do not expect very many to jump with you. They will not be willing to completely sacrifice their lives like that. — Alan Greenberg — Ojai Energy debate Re: Ron Wilson’s March 18 letter, “Oil and gas are necessary,” in response to my March 4 letter, “Here we go again”: My assertions regarding the energy independence of the United States are based on statistics reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. If you Google table 1.4c of its monthly energy review, you will see the information I cited. As to whether the purchase of Russian oil is a contraindication of energy independence, I would remind Mr. Wilson that energy independence is defined as an excess of exports over imports, not the total absence of imports. Regarding my “rude tone,” I apologize if offense was taken. However, large sections of Alan Greenberg’s Feb. 27 Op-Ed were verbatim from his Aug. 27 Op-Ed. And while repetition is an accepted debate tactic, it is not a source of incremental insight. Hence my “here we go again” comment. As to my “preposterous assertion” reference, I stand by this characterization of Mr. Greenberg’s warning about wind turbine blades. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, options for the recycling of these items exist. But even if they all had to go into landfills, they would amount to far less than 1% of annual landfill totals. Given that these blades are totally inert, it is ridiculous to call this an environmental catastrophe. And ridiculous is the definition of preposterous. I do agree with Messrs. Wilson and Greenberg that the immediate cessation of the use of fossil fuels is a ludicrous thing to propose. In fact, in my response to Mr. Greenberg’s Aug. 27 Op-Ed, I stated as much. Clearly, Alasdair Coyne’s desire to advance the cause of a clean-energy agenda (March 25 Op-Ed, “Time to jump to a healthier planet”) is little served by making such outlandish calls, just as Mr. Greenberg’s warning of an environmental doomsday over wind-turbine blades does little to add credibility to his other arguments. Finally, I must express appreciation to the Ojai Valley News for providing a forum for the respectful expression of free speech. If Messrs. Greenberg, Wilson, and I ever sit down to discuss our views over a drink, I’m sure our first toast will be to the OVN and the First Amendment. — Clay Creasey — Ojai Misleading information Re: John Roulac’s March 11 Op-Ed, “From Corrupted to Trusted: (Liberal) America’s shifting perception of the FDA”: I am writing in response Mr. Roulac regarding the Food and Drug Administration and the writer’s not-too-subtle message to avoid vaccinations and all actions and the science-based recommendations from the FDA. I feel strongly the Ojai Valley News is doing the residents of the valley a serious disservice by printing this. I have lived in Ojai since 1961 and know that there are many residents in the valley who are weak-minded enough to believe his misleading statements and, as a consequence, endanger their lives by choosing not to vaccinate themselves or their children against many preventable life-threatening diseases. If you read his statements with a critical eye, you see nothing regarding the FDA that is substantiated with facts, but only generalized false implications with false linkages. I hope more will come forward to clear up this misleading Op-Ed. — Will Carson — Ojai Music comes to mind Ojai Unified School District’s Chaparral school site just might be the ideal location for a top-level music school. Our community is well filled with music lovers, musicians and music teachers; they just need their own venue. Maybe not quite a Colburn School yet, but talented musicians are resisting the drive to Los Angeles. Ojai would be an attractive alternative. Consider the highest purpose of the Chaparral buildings and music comes to mind. — Henry Bland — Ojai Protecting our democracy It’s no secret that Congress is polarized. Rarely does an issue receive strong bipartisan support. That’s why it’s so striking that four out of five voters agree that we must do more to safeguard our democracy from presidential corruption. No president, regardless of party, should be able to exploit weaknesses in our political system for their personal gain. That’s where the Protecting Our Democracy Act comes in. If passed, it would prevent future abuse of presidential power and corruption, increase transparency, and ensure presidents of either party can be held accountable. If the average person used their office for personal gain, they’d go to jail. If the average person could pardon themselves, there would be no rule of law. Therefore, no president should be above the law. It’s just common sense. I’m urging Congress to pass the Protecting Our Democracy Act. It’s time we put safeguards in place to prevent a corrupt president of any party from abusing the power of their office. — Susan Bogue — Ojai
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